In the last two editions of the All Africa Games in 2011 and 2007, Algeria has only managed to clinch bronze medal in the men’s team event. They have always being under the shadows of Egypt, Nigeria and Congo Brazzaville but Mohamed Sofiene Boudjadja, 32, who is an integral member of the Algerian team to the just concluded ITTF Africa Senior Cup in Cameroon believes they hope to break jinx in Congo Brazzaville this year.   “We have not been making the podium at previous games and this year we want to make an impact because we are a formidable team now. Our players are playing well and the efforts of our technical crew have started yielding positively with the feat achieved by our junior team at the last African Junior Championship in Mauritius. Our aim for this games is to quality for the Olympics and we are ready to battle any team for the spots,” he said.   Boudjadja, who is a member of the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF’s) Athletes Commission however admitted the superiority of Egypt and Nigeria, saying, “They are indeed the best in the continent because they have been able to build the culture in the sport and this has reflected in their performance at previous games. I don’t doubt the performance of these superpowers but we are not going to look at this as we are also looking forward to make a statement in Brazzaville,” he said.   Just as Boudjadja confirmed the superiority of Nigeria and Egypt, he is not ready to bow to Congo Brazzaville, a country he said they are capable of overcoming in front of the home fans in Brazzaville. “I don’t think we are ready to concede to Congo Brazzaville because they are not better than us in the game. But we have always been unfortunate against them. Even with their new Chinese imports, they are not going to rule over us in Brazzaville. I believe with the training coupled with the backing of our technical crew we are in good spirit for the games and we will surely do all our best to do better than our previous outings in the tournament.”   However, Boudjadja is not at home with the idea of using Chinese players for the games. “I don’t think this is good for Africa because this is All Africa Games and I expect Africans to feature in the tournament. The idea of using Chinese players will not help the growth of the games but if those Chinese players have come to train with African players, this will have helped. But if they are going to play, it is okay but this will not help the game to grow in the country.”   Personally, Boudjadja’s target is to qualify for the Olympics in Brazil come 2016. “As I am looking forward to a good outing for our team, I am also hoping to win one of the Olympics slots in Brazzaville because playing at the Olympics is a climax for every player. I hope and believe I can make it to Brazil in Brazzaville.”   15 members of the Algerian team are at present in Shanghai, China honing their skills in readiness for the multi-sports championship in the Central Africa region come September 4 to 19 with the table tennis event serving off on September 10 to 19.